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Norwegian Fattigman Cookies

By November 29, 2012

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If the rich folk of 18th-century Norway commemorated their families by commissioning special, personalized irons on which to bake goro (sometimes translated as "affluent") cookies, the poorer classes created a baking legacy that has ultimately secured a more lasting presence in Scandinavian kitchens: fattigman (or "poor man" cookies). Although the ingredients' lists for these two types of cookies are virtually identical, fattigman are cut into diamonds, twisted into knots, and quickly fried before being sprinkled with sugar and served warm. You don't need to be a poor man to enjoy these yummy treats - but eat too many of them, and you may well become a fat one!

Fattigman image ©2012 Kari Diehl, licensed to About.com.

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